How To Ride The Inside Line With Sam Hill | Corner Like An EWS Pro

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– Have you ever wanted
to ride like Sam Hill? Take that famous inside
line, be super stylish, and fast down the mountain? I do, I’ve always wanted to ride like him. Today’s your lucky day, we
do have Sam Hill, himself, to teach us that inside line. (relaxed hip hop music) Okay, so we’ve dropped in on this trail, it’s a little bit rough,
there’s a few turns, but, Sam, you know this trail a lot ’cause you’ve ridden this a hell of a lot. – Yep. – So you know a few good inside lines. So you’ve chosen this one? – Yeah, we’ve chosen this track,
it has a few good insides, and they’re kinda, one
links into the next, so, you gotta get the first one right to make the next one and so on, pay off, as you go down the trail. – Nice, and it all starts here. I can see one, I can see the obvious line, and that is way on the left. – Yep. – Into the right-hander. And the inside line, I
can see one inside line. Here, so I would’ve come, this
is the one I’m looking at, here, through here, and then down there. – Yeah. – Is that it, or is there a different one? – I’d probably go
further inside than that, as you’re sorta coming in to the trail, you can hug this left-hand side, and as you’re approaching this big root you sorta wanna start heading across, you can use this little platform here to get your wheels over that
root so you don’t slide. – Oh yeah, look at that. – And I’d be running right through here, and that’s gonna open up your entry into that next left as well, where we also wanna try
and hold an inside line. – Yeah. Right, well show us how
it’s, how it’s done. – Alright. – And then I will follow in. Hill, coaching me, the inside line. Watch out, Neil. I got Sam Hill’s inside line. Wow. Holy moly mother of Moses. – Yeah, I think to get on the inside you’re gonna wanna brake a bit earlier than what you would if you
were sticking to the main line. – Yeah. – You wanna wash off a bit of that speed, spot the line where you wanna go, and then commit to it,
and get across that root. – Yep. – And you can, you slow
down a little bit more, and tuck on that next inside. – Tuck and then we’ll talk about the exit, ’cause there’s another inside line. – Yep. – We’ll just master this one. – Yep. – And then we’ll go into that. Wow, okay. (hard rock music) – Yeah, you did this really good and then you just carried
a bit too much speed. So, you missed that
second inside on the left. (hard rock music) Yeah, nice. So even though someone
might smash these outsides and look super fast, you’re taking the shorter
and the faster line, and just more controlled and
you don’t need to try as hard. – From the master himself. Words of wisdom. (hard rock music) Alright, following you
through there was pretty fun, it was quick, it felt
quick, but more in control, it felt, yeah, way quicker
than going all the way up and around and dropping and following the natural line of the trail anyway. But, linking that up, I
saw you link this one, and then you’ve linked that one. When you’re riding a trail, do you ride it blind and find it? Do you look in ahead and you’re
spotting these inside lines, the straight line, tryna
make the track a bit quicker? Or do you walk it? – Yeah, so, leading into an EWS, I’ll try and walk the stages that I can, and that lets you know what’s coming, but you can also look for
these little insides and. – [Blake] Yeah. – [Sam] And ways to shorten the track. Yeah, so, as you can tell,
we got the first inside line, which then allowed us
to be able to check up and take this next inside line. – [Blake] Yeah. – And then, from that, we were able to follow in to this next section and actually cut off a lot of trail through this next S sort of chicane. – Yeah, yeah. – All by setting those first two up. – Yeah, and it’s like a domino
effect, you start up with one and then it starts creating
other inside lines, ’cause it’s putting
you in a different spot on the trail, right? – Yeah, definitely, so if
you’re hitting that outside, you’re gonna be turning late and it’s gonna push you
into the next outside. – Yeah. – And through a section like this, as fast as you wanna ride it,
you’re not gonna be as quick as just taking a bit more
of a steady approach. – Yeah. – And just getting the right
line through the trail. – So steady wins the race, eh? – Fast steady. – Fast steady wins. – Yeah, smart steady. – Smart steady, there you go. Okay, so we’ve done that, we’ve linked that to that
inside, to that inside, and now we’re introduced
to this horrible drop with loads of rocks and roots and stuff. We can see the natural line, it’s a right-hander but it
kinda goes left and then right. And then, yeah. Where’s the route here? – Yeah, I think this is,
like, a perfect example of walking a trail and
being able to spot lines, ’cause last week I did a
few laps down this trail. – Yep. – And I kinda had those first two insides, but I hadn’t really taken my time or had a look at this section, and was just sorta riding
the main thing and. – Yeah. – I remember this being
quite rough off the drop and that sort of thing, so,
just by being here today and sorta walking you
through these first two I’ve found that by linking
them two insides together, you can kinda go off this drop, hug next to the tree and sorta use those roots
as a bit of a landing. – [Blake] Yep. – And that allows you to cut
this corner, the next corner, and semi head straight into
the berm at the bottom, so, you’re straightening the
whole thing out, essentially. – Look at that. – [Sam] So, yeah, I think
that’s the good thing about walking a trail. – [Blake] Walking a trail,
it’s a perfect example, yeah. (relaxed hip hop music) – Straightens it up, eh? – Straightens it up like a treat, yeah. That was so inside. Can’t even believe it, so fast, wow. Right, okay. Let’s time it. I’m gonna do normal, natural line, that everyone else
takes, outside, outside, and then you’re gonna do
the inside, inside, gap. And we’ll see who’s faster. – See if you can still see me at the end. (relaxed hip hop music) Where were ya? (Blake laughs) – Yeah, the inside line is way quicker. So there you go, that’s the inside line with Sam Hill himself,
teaching myself, and you guys, how to pick the fast inside line. – Yeah, it’s all about finding
that inside you wanna take, commit to it. If you’re a racer it’s great to get out and try and walk the track before and look for these little
sections to make you quicker. – Yeah, yeah, yeah. And if you wanna see another video on how to go faster in turns, then Neil shows you how to
do that, click over here. If you wanna subscribe to the channel and you haven’t, smash that globe, and? – It’s all about the
inside line, thumbs-up. – Give it a thumbs-up like.


Global Mountain Bike Network · September 5, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Now that Blake's been shown the inside line by Sam Hill can he beat Neil? Let us know in the comments below 👇

Neil Tilley · September 5, 2018 at 6:04 pm

did not want this video to end [email protected]#$%^&* love sams style , oh and u blake

_f1yn_ · September 5, 2018 at 6:10 pm


James S. · September 5, 2018 at 6:13 pm


The ChaosEngine · September 5, 2018 at 6:29 pm

5 EWS racers don't like Sam riding the inside line! (At time of typing!)

Day light · September 5, 2018 at 6:29 pm

0:14 So sam Hill is "just" a 2017 EWS Champion?
There's a little more in Sam Hill's career…

Paul Billings · September 5, 2018 at 6:38 pm

Would love to have seen timing with Blake on both inside and outside lines for comparison.

Darren G. · September 5, 2018 at 6:58 pm

Great video GMBN. Know wonder Sam rides with bush guards on, cutting the corners that close he must have had a few knuckle raps.

simonExplorer · September 5, 2018 at 7:23 pm

Where's your mega, Blake?

Lemo_Manda · September 5, 2018 at 7:29 pm

Now we will all ride at least 15kph faster

sitonka · September 5, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Yes Blake! Wicked vid. You on the canyon torque, must have seen me shredding mine somewhere and wanted one I reckon. Sam Hill is on it with the EWS, unstoppable. So cool he's giving up his secrets! Love it GMBN, keep up the great work boys and girls!

Doug Blease · September 5, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Hey Blake. Does the same apply in the wet (UK winter) where, if you dropped off that log and placed a front wheel on a root, it would equal a muddy death?

damian smith · September 5, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Sam hill inside line is inside my inside line…..😦🙄

Gosdolg Pendosov · September 5, 2018 at 8:05 pm


Life On Two Wheels · September 5, 2018 at 8:05 pm

”Use those roots as a bit of a landing” hell no! Thats not how you should think! Only sam hill can do that shit!

Justus Uimonen · September 5, 2018 at 8:05 pm

Great video!!👌

Ashley Holland · September 5, 2018 at 8:26 pm

Another great vid. Keep them coming!

Bill Balding · September 5, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Do a 4x race! Blake vs Neil vs Jess vs Doddy!!

The Enduro Bro · September 5, 2018 at 8:39 pm

Rad video like always. I just did my first big drop! It would be so dope if you guys checked it out.

J Mac · September 5, 2018 at 8:48 pm

Nice bike Blake

Polish guy with hard to spell name ;-p · September 5, 2018 at 9:04 pm

We have Sam Hillself ;-p

Casper Nielsen · September 5, 2018 at 9:10 pm

This is great content! Love Sam

Kayn Johnson · September 5, 2018 at 9:30 pm

And the confidence to get so close to trees.

Alvaro Molinos · September 5, 2018 at 9:41 pm

So beautiful to see how Sam Hill rides the bike like this 😍

Nukeproof · September 5, 2018 at 9:44 pm

Awesome video Blake. Will get you racing an EWS one day, You Vs Neil?

jungjoon choi · September 5, 2018 at 10:05 pm

What if you have to land on wet roots inside line?

Trev Hyde · September 5, 2018 at 10:05 pm

What a legend,he makes it look effortless🤘

Bob Dobalina · September 5, 2018 at 11:20 pm

What in the Sam Hill is goin on around here?

Richard Kaz · September 5, 2018 at 11:24 pm

I think that if Sam Hill took the long route he still would have blitzed Blake if Blake took the short line.

Chase Palpatine · September 5, 2018 at 11:47 pm

I’ve learned something new for my riding kitbag. Awesome 😎

Just a regular guy on two wheels · September 6, 2018 at 12:39 am


Att Laz · September 6, 2018 at 12:46 am

Wow…. from a video on how to change wheels to line choice with Sam Hill? Well done! Keep it up!,,

Travis James · September 6, 2018 at 1:08 am

Straight is great!

Nazih Bitar · September 6, 2018 at 1:28 am

What bike was Blake riding?

alhypo · September 6, 2018 at 2:01 am

I definitely tend to follow the natural flow of the trail. No wonder I'm so slow….

Paolo Giovanardi · September 6, 2018 at 2:11 am

How’s that torque? I wanna get one.

Trevor Case · September 6, 2018 at 2:57 am

great video!

pro mod steve · September 6, 2018 at 3:00 am

Calvin on GMBN Tech, Sam Hill on GMBN. No way to top that.

JD Walker · September 6, 2018 at 3:02 am

Watched this 3 times already… Quite possibly the best GMBN "How To"!!!!

Martyn Frith · September 6, 2018 at 5:24 am

It’s like watching Neo from the Matrix on a bike!

hobmarg · September 6, 2018 at 5:45 am

So good!! More Sam Hill!!

Snake Plissken · September 6, 2018 at 6:23 am


Benjamin Lee · September 6, 2018 at 6:28 am

It really doesn't look like Hill is doing much but is really smart in analyzing the fastest lines.

Robert Gibb · September 6, 2018 at 6:29 am

One of the best videos Blake has done. Nice work.

Beno C · September 6, 2018 at 9:30 am

What saddle is Sam using on his bike? Looks like a Specialized Power Saddle or Shimano Pro??

Robert Turnip · September 6, 2018 at 10:09 am

Only Aussies can understand what he is saying..

On the Trail · September 6, 2018 at 11:47 am

And Blake spent more time on the trail, and thereby had more time doing the fun stuff 😉
There's two different approaches here, and Blake has made videos about them before, racing and having fun. I'm not saying Sam not having fun, but his focus is getting down to the end of the trail as fast as possible. And he's obviously doing a very damn good job at doing that. Personally my aim is having as much fun as possible. And I think riding trails is fun, so I want to spend as much time as possible doing that 🙂 But all things considered, every trail rider can catch something watching videos on line choices, such as this or Ben Cathros videos, and giving the trail you ride a thought, stepping of the bike at times and take walk and look for those alternative lines.

James Plummer · September 6, 2018 at 12:11 pm

The boss!!!

Fat guy MTB · September 6, 2018 at 12:42 pm

What helmet is Sam wearing?

rich86 · September 6, 2018 at 8:41 pm

Sam Hill – "I'd probably go further inside than that…'

... · September 6, 2018 at 9:12 pm

Is he an Aussie or a kiwi?

Farha Guerrero · September 7, 2018 at 12:10 am

Is that the blackcomb area in whistler?

RIDE.LIVE. MTB FILMS · September 7, 2018 at 3:48 am

yeah the aussies

paddle hard · September 7, 2018 at 6:26 am

I can see just one line… a white one.

doctajuice · September 7, 2018 at 6:47 am

This is the same theory that works in all disciplines of road racing, but it's hard to do when the track isn't wide and smooth. This is super cool to learn about

Rage 21 · September 7, 2018 at 12:08 pm

Man shouldve been a 30 min video. But i love it. Sam Hill master of inside lines.

ridelife _ · September 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm

that's why he uses guards
all the leaves
and branches he hits

NicFugere · September 7, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Sam basically just plows straight down the mountain, ignoring most corners haha

Robert Wilke · September 7, 2018 at 2:57 pm

How to widen trails 101

Matthew Donaldson · September 8, 2018 at 7:13 am

who else is an aussie

Awesomest H · September 8, 2018 at 11:18 am


James Proulx · September 8, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Sams the man!

Josh Humphrey · September 8, 2018 at 6:04 pm

That’s the inside of the inside of the inside.

Anže Ambrožič · September 8, 2018 at 8:19 pm

Do not lift your bike by grabing dropper post

Ian Snieckus · September 8, 2018 at 11:30 pm

I'm just here to hear Blake say "Here"

Hughston Bloomfield · September 9, 2018 at 4:05 am

Thanks for the inside-ful video XD

Flacky_1012 · September 9, 2018 at 9:10 pm

Can you send me a bike on October the 6th please it’s my birthday I love the Vedio on how to do ide the in slide line

Grant Ellman · September 9, 2018 at 11:52 pm

insoide loine… noice!

Willian. Direction · September 10, 2018 at 3:12 am

Great job Blake and Sam . Reminded me of walking and talking Observed Trials sections in the 80's, Arms waving everywhere. This sport has the wrong name . should be high speed trials HTS .

Downforce Racer · September 10, 2018 at 3:52 am

What a awesome day to ride with the legend himself! Nice 👌😎💪

Rob Carruthers · September 10, 2018 at 11:16 pm

Blake, would be really good to hear about your experience on the Canyon Torque? How does it descend, climb and compare to your Mega?

Gary Gilbert · September 10, 2018 at 11:43 pm

bar ends must be a bawhair off those trees, if that was me it would be A&E

neighborhood jerry · September 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm


MTB BEDS · September 11, 2018 at 10:34 am

So crucial to learn these skills when riding technical terrain. It's very easy in places like Finale Ligure to get off line which can not only lose you time but can be a recipe for disaster.

Ricky Downhill - RDH · September 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Wow, great tips here!! They make that rough-ass stuff look super smooth.

Van Cuz · September 22, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Great vid guys!!!

David Rivera · September 25, 2018 at 12:26 am

Are the bikes you use in your videos 29ers?

roger vinyoli · September 28, 2018 at 2:31 pm

insoid loin

Kyle _Actually · October 13, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Can you do a bike check on blakes torque

Nathan999x · October 13, 2018 at 7:13 pm

Is it bad that at the beginning of the video when he’s talking about that first inside line all I saw was that huge French line that just goes straight.

Isaac van Sends · October 13, 2018 at 9:33 pm

I have a question for Sam Hill. If you’re just riding for fun, would you take the inside line or take the, barley, longer line? I understand that going fast and taking the sketchy line is fun for people, me aswell, but sometimes taking the more flow-y and longer line is fun too. Just curious. please answer if you can!🙏🏻

alejandrolz1250 · October 29, 2018 at 9:27 am

You need the secret mechanical tricks

Steady Spin · November 2, 2018 at 9:26 pm

Keep it Steady

avalanchesoul · November 5, 2018 at 11:18 am

So basically keep shredding inside lines on these single tracks until they turn into fuckin fire roads LOL

Bruno · December 1, 2018 at 11:21 am

6:21 is where I would kill myself

MTB Lover · December 2, 2018 at 6:07 am

Brilliant…..could also be fun. Whats up with only 8 min????? 😂😂😂

Jeremy Malone · April 2, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Anyone know what brand shorts sam is wearing? Also the helmet?

Fabio Valdes Araneda · April 10, 2019 at 11:21 pm

The choosen one 🙏

The Mongoose · April 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm

Im puzzled what blake thought 'inside line' meant before.
Sam Hill takes racing lines through corners.
Whoda thunk it.

Conor Meyler · May 13, 2019 at 8:28 am

He’s a fuckin Aussie mate he’s a pure bred fuckin oath🤘

Murder Doll · June 17, 2019 at 11:46 am

Is Sam Hill the God of modern enduro? 🙂 🙂

Kyle Antonowich · June 21, 2019 at 11:52 pm

Sam has such a confidence inspiring voice while instructing. He never comes close to sounding condescending, and is so well spoken.

JuanDinger265 · August 14, 2019 at 12:34 pm

Conservationists would be huge fans of Sam Hill's inside lines. Not.

MidLifeBiker · September 29, 2019 at 9:21 pm

Well done Sam in winning your 3rd EWS title in a row..inside, inside on flats….

Lauren LaBossiere · October 6, 2019 at 6:45 pm

why does SH ride handguards? 23 second mark.

Lauren LaBossiere · October 6, 2019 at 6:50 pm

i've watched a few SH videos where he's describing how to ride a section. if you pay attention he says 'scrub speed' or 'you were going too fast' into a section, quite often. for a guy who is blindingly fast, he has a physician's understanding of when to brake, how much, and how fast to go at what time for maximum speed over ground. the guy is a genius.

Lauren LaBossiere · October 6, 2019 at 6:51 pm

jumping into roots. why a 180 mm fork makes sense for enduro racing…

Scooby · November 2, 2019 at 9:43 am

6:51 I thought you were going to say that was so inside-ful

Head Over Bars · November 25, 2019 at 10:22 am

my two favorite racers in the same video!
edit Neil donoghue oh no oh my God I forgot Neil

Emma schmutz · December 29, 2019 at 3:37 am

Very "insideful"

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